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Potentilla neumanniana

Potentilla neumanniana
spring cinquefoil
Evergreen - good for a little winter color, even if they're not as bright as in spring

Synonym(s) Potentilla verna
Common name spring cinquefoil
Family rosaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow (April-May)
Size 3"
Light sun-part shade

Small enough to be tucked between stones in a pathway, this is a charming little groundcover, with fresh green foliage most of the year and dainty little yellow flowers that appear for us in mid-April. We got our first at the HPS/MAG spring plant sale in 2003 as P. verna 'Nana'. Then, not realizing they were the same thing, I ordered three P. neumanniana from Bluestone while catalog-shopping in the winter of 2004. But they are sweet little plants, so I don't mind having several.
They make a good groundcover - but surprisingly, they don't take well to transplanting: they grow from strong central roots, and will often sulk or partially die back when divided. Once established, they're tough as nails.

Potentilla neumanniana

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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